The Duel

Michigan State and Auburn Odds to Win 2019 Final Four Slip Leading Up To NCAA Tournament Semifinals

By Kevin Nardone
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Now just days away from the 2019 Final Four, it's probably safe to say that most people's brackets have been sufficiently busted.

Tipping off on Saturday night in Minneapolis, Minn., this year's Final Four is being billed as one of the most wide open in recent years.

However, oddsmakers at FanDuel Sportsbook have the Virginia Cavaliers (+125) and Michigan State Spartans (+190) as the favorites. Virginia is the only team whose odds have remained the same since these four teams won their respective region, and two of the teams – Michigan State and Auburn – have seen their odds to win the Final Four get worse.

The Tigers, who play Virginia in the first Final Four game on Saturday, have seen their odds go from +750 to +800. FanDuel Sportsbook is giving the only No. 1 seed to qualify for the Final Four the advantage, dubbing the Cavaliers 5.5-point favorites over Auburn, which is playing in the program's first-ever Final Four.

There appears to be a growing concern over the absence of injured forward Chuma Okeke for the Tigers. Okeke tore his ACL at the end of Auburn's Sweet 16 victory over North Carolina. Although Okeke served as a rallying point for the Tigers against Kentucky in the Elite Eight, many experts believe that without him it will be tough for Auburn to beat Virginia, let alone win the Final Four.

Michigan State also saw its odds slip slightly, moving from +180 to +190. The Spartans will battle Texas Tech, which has +460 odds to win it all, giving the Red Raiders the third-best chance to cut down the nets on Monday.

All things considered, Virginia has earned the right to be the favorite as the sole No. 1 seed to qualify for the Final Four. But no matter who wins on Saturday, Monday night will be for all the marbles and the title of 2018-19 NCAA Men's Basketball National Champions.


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